Tablets simultaneously educate and entertain kids in a variety of ways. On tablets, kids can read books, watch shows and movies, listen to music, play games, as well as learn tech-savvy skills, like coding. Tablets are convenient, too. Tablets’ size and portability allow kids to bring them practically anywhere and everywhere.
Tablet shopping for kids is a little bit different than for adults. Kids don’t necessarily need the highest tech available. They also have the tendency to accidentally drop their belongings, so tablets that are drop-proof and waterproof can be good ideas. Affordability and lifespan are other important factors to consider. With all these elemnts in mind, here is a list of the Best Tablets for Kids 2020.
Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition
As the kid-friendly version of the Fire HD 10, parents have plenty of control with the Fire HD 10 Kids Edition. In the tablet’s settings, parents can set the amount of screentime to allow their kids and determine what on the device is off-limits.
The Fire HD 10 Kids Edition’s performance is fast and smooth. It’s also the largest kids’ tablet Amazon has available, with a 10-inch display screen. The Fire HD 10 Kids Edition has dual speakers and a battery life of up to 12 hours. Its rubberized case basically renders the device drop-proof.
As with all Amazon tablets, the Fire HD 10 Kids Edition comes with one year of Amazon FreeTime, a streaming service comprised solely of age-appropriate content. After the year is up, Prime members get FreeTime for $3 per month, nonmembers $5 per month. It comes with a “no questions asked” two-year warranty.
Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition
According to Digital Trends, the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition takes the cake for value out of the best tablets for kids 2020. It packs a punch for its price and is ideal for toddlers and younger children who may have never had a tablet before.
The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is slightly smaller than the Fire HD 10 Kids Edition, with its eight-inch display. It’s also $70 less than the Fire HD 10 Kids Edition. Like with the Fire HD 10 Kids Edition, this one has a rubberized case, extensive parental controls, a year of Amazon FreeTime, and a two-year warranty.
Compared to its predecessor, the Fire HD 7 Kids Edition, the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition offers significantly more features for a $30 price difference. The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition has better, smoother performance, double the storage, and higher quality speakers.
The Leapfrog Epic is ideal for parents who want the tablet they gift their little ones to be more on the educational side. While the Epic is advertised for children ages three to nine years old, Digital Trends recommends the Epic for preschoolers.
Something to note: the Epic’s screen isn’t as high-performing as its competitors. However, it’s still a very durable tablet, with a chunky, protective case.
The Epic also comes with a stylus, perfect for kids who want to explore their creative, artsy side. The Epic’s parental controls also allow parents to limit their kid’s screentime. Although the Epic offers a variety of apps for download, Digital Trends admits the best apps on the tablet cost money.
Apple iPad 9.7-inch 2018
Although iPads may be pricey, compared to the Leapfrog Epic and the Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition tablets, they offer greater versatility through a wider variety of downloadable add-ons and in-app purchases. For this reason, iPads generally have a longer lifespan than other children’s tablet competitors.
For a kid’s first tablet, CNET suggests sticking with the older 2018 iPad model for its affordability and relatively smooth performance.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e
Digital Trends recommends the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e for kids 10 to 12 years old. The Galaxy Tab S5e is a light, high-powered tablet with a vibrant 10.5-inch display screen.
Unlike with the Epic and Amazon tablets, the Galaxy Tab S5e has full access to the Android app store, so kids have a wide range of games and apps to choose from. Kids can use it to watch movies, read, game, even do homework.